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2019 One Book, Young Readers One Book Announced

The 2019 One Book S.D. and Young Readers One Book S.D. were announced at the South Dakota Humanities Council's Holiday Open House/One Book Reveal Party on Tuesday, Dec. 18. Click below to watch a replay of the event and find out the 2019 One Book selections!

Thank you for Donating on #GivingTuesday!

We are overwhelmed by the support we received on the first-ever South Dakota Day of Giving! Thank you to the many donors who gave in-person, by mail and online on #GivingTuesday2018 and to South Dakota Gives for organizing this awesome statewide effort! If you didn't have a chance to donate on Nov. 27 you can still give by clicking the link below. 

Advocate for the Humanities

Thank you for your continued support of the humanities in South Dakota. 

Please visit our advocacy page to find out how you can advocate for the humanities.  



  1. The South Dakota Festival of Books was honored recently by an entity that knows a thing or two about “honor” – the Van D. and Barbara B. Fishback Honors College at South Dakota State University. Continue Reading

  2. Texas elementary school principal Belinda George has developed a fail-safe tactic for ensuring her students get bedtime stories: she reads to them via Facebook live stream. Continue Reading

  3. An overseas chain of McDonald’s stores is adding a “scrumdiddlyumptious” element to its famous Happy Meals. Continue Reading

  4. The South Dakota Humanities Council’s major grant recipients represent a variety of entertaining, educational and inspirational humanities projects. Continue Reading

Programs & Events

2:00 pm | Custer Senior Center
12:00 pm | Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center
2:00 pm | Yankton Community Library
3:00 pm | Union Creek Lutheran Church
2:00 pm | USD Campus, Churchill-Haines Bldg, Rm 101
12:00 pm | Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public LIbrary

South Dakota Humanities Council

The South Dakota Humanities Council (SDHC), founded in 1972 in response to an act of Congress, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and the only cultural organization in the state whose sole mission is to deliver humanities programming to the people of South Dakota. Our vision is to "lead statewide advocacy for the humanities, working with other partners to foster literary and civic engagement." This programming vision forms the core mission:

The South Dakota Humanities Council celebrates literature, promotes civil conversation, and tells the stories that define our state.

Want to read more about what the humanities are? Check out our definition of the humanities and examples of various humanities disciplines explored by our programs. 

The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.
- William Faulkner